US indicts 80 Nigerians for fraud.
Nigerians numbering about 80 have been indicted by the US Government for several offences ranging from money laundering to credit scam and swindling unsuspecting innocent citizens of their hard earned money.
Leading the cartel are Valentine Iro, 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe.
The US attorney, Nick Hana, stated that the suspects either played major roles in the alleged fraud or acted as accomplices.
“This case is part of our ongoing efforts to protect Americans from fraudulent online schemes and to bring to justice those who prey on American citizens and businesses.”
“Today, we have taken a major step to disrupt criminal networks that use BEC schemes, romance scams and other frauds to fleece victims.”
“This indictment sends a message that we will identify perpetrators - no matter where they reside - and we will cut off the flow of ill-gotten gains,” she said.
Explaining further, the US attorney noted that Nigerians who are major suspects use illicit money exchangers to move funds overseas, generally avoiding transferring the money directly through banking network.
She added that Iro and Igbokwe, who are the prime suspects, coordinated the transfer of a victim’s funds from a fraudulent bank account they controlled to US bank accounts belonging to illicit money exchangers.
"Those money exchangers, in turn, used a Nigerian banking application to transfer other funds in naira (₦), the currency of Nigeria, from Nigerian bank accounts they controlled to the Nigerian bank accounts specified,” she stated.
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